I had ppp after the birth of my son in 2010. Before my son was born I had never had any mental health issues. At first the GP thought I had post natal depression and I was put on anti depressants I actually felt better for a few weeks but then things started to get strange. I had serve anxiety and constant panic attacks, I think I was put on beta blockers to try and control my anxiety. I can't remember when they increased my anti depressants it was either before I was admitted to a mother and baby unit or when I arrived there, I think it was before. I think my son was about 2 months old when I started to develop psychotic symptoms. I was convinced I was going to die, I thought the TV was giving me messages from God and the devil, I had religious delusions. By the time I reached the mother and baby unit I was convinced that I was dead and that I had been sent to hell.
I have been reading a lot lately about ppp and it often says that ppp starts a few days after the baby is born, it did say that it is rare that ppp starts several weeks after the baby is born. I was wondering if anyone else developed psychosis a few months after having their baby. Also did anyone develop psychosis after being put on anti depressants. I have also had 3 psychotic episodes since I was diagnosed with ppp. I have been given 4 different diagnoses since including bipolar, psychotic depression, schitzo affective disorder and borderline personality disorder. I don't think the doctors have any idea why I keep getting psychosis. Does anyone know how long ppp can go on for? Is it possible for it to last 5 years plus?
My other theory is that the anti depressants sent me into psychosis.
I also had a traumatic birth as I needed an emergency c section. I was totally freaked out after it.
Hope to hear your replies